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Volume 716: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to charge those who require National Health Service treatment due to the regular consumption of alcohol. [HL951]

None. The founding principle of the National Health Service is that access to services is based on clinical need and is free of charge, a principle recently reconfirmed in the NHS Constitution, except in limited circumstances where charges are expressly sanctioned by Parliament, for example for prescription charges.